Sara has a genuine passion and commitment to her clients. She is well regarded by Solicitors and Defendants alike and her meticulous approach to preparation has earned her a good reputation in court. Although Sara is warm and approachable in nature, she is well known to vigorously fight for her clients.
Sara has been involved in a number of lengthy trials and has experience dealing with particularly voluminous evidence in an effective and organised manner. She has established a busy Crown Court practice, has acted for clients in the Court of Appeal and has also been led in more serious and complex matters. She has experience defending the full spectrum of criminal offences, including: serious violence and offences against the person; violent disorder and affray; kidnap, false imprisonment and blackmail; firearm offences and possession of offensive weapons; arson; robbery, burglary and theft; a wide variety of fraud and dishonesty offences; sexual offences (and Sexual Offences Prevention Orders etc); child cruelty; drug trafficking; confiscation proceedings; immigration act offences; possession of false identity documents and motoring offences such as dangerous driving etc
Sara has experience defending care home professionals who have been charged with offences under the Mental Capacity Act 2005. She also has a particular interest in terrorist offences and charges brought under the 2000 and 2006 Terrorism Act.
Sara recently assisted in the case of R v Domenyk Lattlay-Fottfoy (formerly Noonan) who was cleared of 6 charges concerning the false imprisonment and rape of a 15 year old boy. Consequently, Sara has gained a valuable insight into the often difficult and complex relationship between the Criminal and Family law Jurisdictions, especially in relation to the disclosure of sensitive material which is the property of the family court.
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Gang Related Violence Injunctions
Sara also has experience of defending gang injunctions (“Gangbo’s”) in the civil courts brought under the Policing and Crime Act 2009. She was instructed in the first case to be brought by Salford City Council and is currently involved in a matter which has been transferred to the High Court to determine whether Sections 34 and 35 of the Act are incompatible with Articles 6, 8, 10 and 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
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Summary of the main provisions of Part 3 (Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders) of LASPO 2012
24/4/12 - Hearsay rules clarified but further guidance is needed (Lexis Nexis Current Awareness)
Sara also delivers training seminars on a range of criminal law topics, including bad character, hearsay, defence statements and disclosure etc.
Sara previously practised in chambers in London, however relocated to Manchester to be near her family. Before coming to the Bar, Sara worked for the Glasgow Homelessness Network. She held the only specific equalities role and remit within the organisation and worked closely with a number of individuals and families who had experienced varying forms of exclusion and discrimination. In particular she gained experience of vulnerable groups including women working in prostitution and women fleeing domestic abuse; dispersed asylum seekers and those with mental health illnesses and / or physical disabilities.
Before practising at the Criminal Bar, Sara also worked as a Freelance Advocate (Legal Practice Clerk) undertaking a wide variety of County Court hearings.
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